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Applicants may search for vacancies related to polio eradication at the employment sites of the following spearheading partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, using the keyword "polio" in their search. 




Summer internship 2015


The Global Polio Eradication Initiative of the World Health Organization is currently accepting applications from students and recent graduates interested in spring/summer internships in 2015.

The deadline for submission is 30 April 2015.

Available Internships


Programme Operations and Cluster Management (PCM) Unit:
To provide management and administrative direction, support and capacity building and ensure accountability for the use of resources in support of polio eradication for WHO (at all levels) and across the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

Position: Finance Intern
The Finance intern will work with members of the cluster management team to strengthen reporting, improve capacity and assist in the collection and preparation of financial data. In addition, the intern will work with PCM team members to develop ad hoc reports on an as needed basis.


A candidate should:

• have extensive knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Excel
• have good knowledge of iNet Soft would be an advantage
• be well-organized, thorough, and persistent, particularly in locating and compiling data
• be currently enrolled in (or have completed) an advanced degree program in business administration, public health with undergraduate degree in business administration, or a similar field


Strategy Support and Coordination (SSC) team:
The Strategy Support and Coordination (SSC) team oversees technical support for strategy implementation on behalf of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). SSC provides direct technical support to polio-priority countries; manages all outbreak response activities; and manages the global vaccine supply together with UNICEF Supply Division.

Position: Strategy Support and Coordination Intern
The main duties for the Strategy Support and Coordination intern would include:

• To plan, conduct and collate results of surveys among polio consultants
• To collect and store electronic performance evaluations and to create a spreadsheet summarizing key information from the evaluations.


The role may change or evolve, depending upon the SSC team's requirements and priorities. At the end of the project, the intern will write a report and make a presentation summarizing the completed duties.


The candidate should:

• have excellent writing and communication skills;         

• have experience in designing and/or implementing surveys;  

• have extensive knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Excel;

• be well-organized, thorough, and persistent, particularly in locating and compiling data and text; and,

• be currently enrolled in (or have completed) an advanced degree program in public health, computer science, business administration or similar field.



Internship Terms

• Internships are completed at WHO's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The intern will be supervised by, and work closely with, specific team members.
• Interns are in charge of a specific project, performing qualitative and quantitative analysis, and summarizing findings to develop recommendations on assigned topics.
• Internships last for a minimum of four weeks to a maximum of three months.
• The Organization or the intern may end the internship before its completion, normally with one week's notice.
• An intern may participate only once in the WHO internship program.
• An intern must be a minimum of 20 years of age and enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral program as of Summer 2015, leading to a formal qualification.
• Persons related to a WHO staff member are not eligible for internships.
• An intern cannot be remunerated by WHO; he/she is responsible for all costs, including the costs of and arrangements for return travel to the office of assignment, visas, and accommodation, as well as related living expenses.


How to Apply

Interested applicants should e-mail their resume and a cover letter describing relevant experience and expertise to: with subject line: “Summer Internship 2015: (name of internship position)”.

• Applicants interested in multiple positions are asked to kindly send one email for each internship position they are interested in.
• Selected candidates will be contacted for further interview and assignments.
• Due to a large number of applications, we will contact only those candidates selected for interviews.
• Please, no calls or e-mails regarding the status of an application.

For further information, please also see WHO intern